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Scannappeal launch £350k appeal to support breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in Buckinghamshire

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Dr Vaishali Gada, Consultant Radiologist.

Local charity Scannappeal have launched The Breast Biopsy Appeal to fund revolutionary 3D technology, transforming diagnosis and treatment for patients in Buckinghamshire with early breast cancer.

The appeal will support the integrated Breast Unit for Buckinghamshire (based at Wycombe Hospital) to fully equip a second dedicated biopsy suite within the unit with 3D mammography technology.

Targeted biopsies will be carried out quicker with pinpoint accuracy, significantly reducing the time patients need to wait from diagnosis to treatment. Importantly this cutting edge equipment will help in diagnosing very small cancers at an early stage, improving prognosis.

Dr Vaishali Gada, Consultant Radiologist commented: ‘Providing the very best of care for our patients is at the heart of what we do.

We are delighted to be working with Scannappeal to raise £350,000 to further expand our services with the introduction of an additional Breast Biopsy Suite.

The new equipment will improve patient experience, reduce waiting times and improve work flow for radiologists and radiographers.

The integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop service where 30,000 patients a year are supported through breast screening and symptomatic care provided by expert clinicians.

Previous support from the Scannappeal charity enabled the Breast Unit to move to digital technology on site at Wycombe Hospital and through mobile units which can be regularly seen touring sites across the local community.

The Bucks Integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop breast diagnostic and treatment service which supports around 30,000 patients from across Buckinghamshire every year.

Following routine screening at the unit 80 to 100 patients recalled for assessment with 500 new symptomatic cases seen each month. 20 to 25% of referrals will need image guided biopsy.

Lisa Trivett, Scannappeal Director is encouraging support of the appeal from within the community ‘We are really proud to support the Breast Unit with this brand new appeal and hope the local community will join us to raise the money as quickly as possible.

Many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and as the festive season approaches we encourage people to consider making a donation in recognition of the wonderful care we are lucky to benefit from here in Bucks‘.

Patients attending every major department, in each of Buckinghamshire’s main hospitals, benefit from more efficient diagnosis and treatment through the provision of the equipment fund raised by Scannappeal. The charity purchases state of the art medical equipment for Buckinghamshire’s local NHS hospitals. It assists Buckinghamshire NHS Trust to deliver the best possible local care and assists the hospitals growing reputation as a centre of excellence.

Further information on Scannappeal and The Breast Biopsy Appeal can be found at www.scannappeal.org.uk or by calling the fund raising team on 01494 734161.

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